Family Calendar, Sept. 27

To submit items for the Family Calendar, email: darcy.odden@ecm-inc.com.

Saturday, Sept. 28
KIDSPO Kids & Family Expo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway. Entertainment stage, games, food, play areas, video games on giant television screens, appearances by Sesame Street characters, exhibitors and more. Information: www.kidspo2013.com.

Hike & Seek, noon, Lebanon Hills Park, Eagan. Family outing that inspires a child’s sense of adventure by combining a nature hike and scavenger hunt. Designed for children ages 3-10. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. Sign up at www.hikeandseek.org.

Sunday, Sept. 29
Denmark Township Historical Society, event to recognize and thank donors who helped save Valley School, 2:30 p.m., Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S., South Washington County. Folklorist John Berquist will perform. Free. Information: Wayne Boyd, 651-436-8031, weboydo@gmail.com.

Monday, Sept. 30
Human Trafficking Information Night, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave. W., Rosemount. Light meal at 6:30 p.m., presentation by a representative from Catholic Charities’ Trafficking Victims Services at 7 p.m., followed by question-and-answer session.

Thursday, Oct. 3
Dementia Caregiver Support Group, 10 a.m., third floor administration conference room, Park Nicollet, 14000 Fairview Drive, Burnsville. Free. Information: Connie at 952-993-8739.

Friday, Oct. 4
Forever Wild Family Friday: The Talking Strings, 7-8:30 p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Explore the history and evolution of Gypsy music from the 17th century to today. All ages. Free. Registration requested at www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks.

Saturday, Oct. 5
“Honoring Choices” program about medical decisions and health care directives, 9-11 a.m., Rosemount United Methodist Church, 14770 Canada Ave. W., Rosemount. Speaker: 9:30 a.m. Sponsored by Rosemount UMC and Fairview Clinic. Free. Information: 651-423-2475, rosemountumc.org.

Wild Ride, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 4800 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Eagan. Ride the best mountain bike trails in the metro at the first-ever Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Festival. Multiple bike demo trailers and local bike shops will be on hand for bike tune-ups, clinics, group rides and more. Free bike check-out available. All ages. Registration requested at www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks.

Dance clinic for ages 4-14 by the Eastview High School dance team, 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastview High School, 6200 140th St. W., Apple Valley. Registration: 10:30 a.m. Performance for family and friends at 3:15 p.m. and at EVHS Oct. 16 football game. Advance registration: $35 ($25 each additional family member). Same-day registration: $39. Information: lightningdanceteam.com.

Fall Pickleball Festival, 2-5 p.m., Apple Valley Senior Center, 14603 Hayes Road. Hosted by Dakota County Pickleball Club – Rosemount. Free. Food donations for the Rosemount Food Shelf appreciated.

Blood drives
The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
• Oct. 3, 1-7 p.m., Farmington Fire Department, Station 1, 21625 Denmark Ave., Farmington.
• Oct. 3, 1-7 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 28595 Randolph, Randolph.
• Oct. 8, 1-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 14770 Canada Ave., Rosemount.
• Oct. 8, 1:30-7:30 p.m., Crossroads Church, 17671 Glacier Way, Lakeville.

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